We all may be familiar with the story of the Savior feeding the 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes but here is a quick recap:
The Savior had gone to the mountains for some seclusion because He had just got word that his friend and cousin, John the Baptist, has been beheaded, but He has a multitude of people who come to Him. These people are hungry, and the apostles want to send them away to find their own food, but the Savior has compassion on them. The apostles tell Him of a young boy who has five loaves and two fishes, and the Savior takes that and feeds the 5,000 with 12 extra baskets full of food!
There are so many things that we can learn from this story, but here are a few of my favorite things:
- Even in a time of sadness for Christ, as He has learned about his cousin, He still chooses to serve and bless those around him.
- The Savior loves us, even in our temporal needs!
- He started with what they had first, and then made it so much more. But first they made the effort to follow Him.
What can we get out of our life by making an effort?
I was teaching Seminary when I got pregnant with my first baby. We were over the moon excited and then two weeks after the positive pregnancy test, horrible flu-like nausea set it. No medicine I took made a difference and I felt miserable day after day for the first 20 weeks. (And then I felt better but still really nauseated until I had him.)
I wanted to continue teaching so we prayed and I received priesthood blessings, but the nausea didn’t subside. I would wake up in the morning, my husband would bring me toast and juice to my bed, I would eat it and let it settle, get up and get ready for the day, throw up and then head out the door to teach. I would cry and pray on my way to school everyday that I would have the energy I needed to not only get through the day but to make an impact on my students. I would often run out in the hall during my lessons to throw up, then I would wipe my face off and go back in and continue teaching.
I had a sticky note on my classroom podium with this scripture: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” — Philippians 4:13
I would often wonder why the nausea wouldn’t go away, or why I had to be so sick in my pregnancy.
Now, six years later I have a different perspective.
Christ takes our effort and He makes it enough. He didn’t take it away, but I showed up, I prepared my lessons, and He made me enough—enough to get through the day, enough to teach my students the gospel.
And I am a better person today because of what I went through.
What could Christ do for your life if you showed up with your five loaves and two fishes? Do you ever wonder like the apostles, “But what are they among so many?” (See John 6:9.)
Whether it’s a making a goal to serve more, more of an effort with your calling, better scripture studies, or the strength to get through a trial. Bring what you have to Him, as meager as it may seem, and make an effort—because you are enough.
You have so much to offer, you have individual gifts that are just YOURS to share! As we make our effort, Christ will make more out of our lives than we could ever comprehend.
And p.s.—I absolutely love my son, and he was worth every single day of nausea.
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